Lunchbox Treats: A List

January 2, 2007 at 9:05 am 13 comments

We had a silent contest in the classroom during my elementary days. The rules were unspoken, but it was enforced, nonetheless. Whoever had the best packed lunch will be affectionately remembered by the teacher and the rest of the class for the day.



Each week, my classmates and I one-upped each other in bringing the best snack. We pressured our mothers to buy all the imported junk food and snacks in the Landmark supermarket so that we can show off to our classmates the following Monday and pray that Teacher will give us a special mention because of our Doritos (which was rare in the Philippines in the early nineties).

The theory in packed lunches goes: if the foods in your lunchbox are unhealthy, the greater the chances of it being eaten.

Kidswereus made a list of the snacks that made us popular with our classmates and teacher.

–Hello Panda

–Granny Goose Tortillos
–Chocolait (It’s chocolate milk but having this as a snack was astatus symbol )


–Fig Newtons
–Ritz Crackers

–Yan Yan

–Oreos/Chips Ahoy


Entry filed under: Culture, Food, Nineties.

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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lovely girl  |  January 3, 2007 at 6:43 am

    With us in elementary public school was different. Only few bring their lunchbox with them. It would be fun kse kung sa canteen o order koz it’s affordable naman. Di ganong uso yang mga sinasabi jan sa taas except for chocolait of course. The snack we know was sopas sa tasa, pandesal with peanut butter or sardines (imagine that), saging na saba or kamote. When it comes to beverage, yung pisong orange juice sa plastic na baso. Im talking about elementary schools in Manila, not in province.

  • 2. kidswereus  |  January 3, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    ah. nung grade school kasi kami payabangan ng baon mga grade two yun. tas nung tumanda na kami olats na magdala ng baunan, nauso na ang magpunta ng canteen para bumili ng pagkain.

  • 3. dashb0red  |  January 7, 2007 at 1:25 am

    grabe those were the days! ganyan kami dati sa gradeschool… pero nung kinder and prep kami hindi uso yung lunchbox masyado, mas uso yung may lunch stub ka lang tapos i-ppresent mo lang yun sa nag-rrounds na mga tao na may tulak tulak na cart… tapos bibigyan ka nila ng pagkain.. hahaha! tapos hanggang highschool nagbabaon parin ng mga kaibigan ko para makatipid! para may pang-date! hahaha! i’ll tell everybody about this blog! ang ganda nang mga entries niyo.. pang bagets katulad ko!

  • 4. Caruray  |  January 9, 2007 at 1:20 am

    Don’t forget Whammos! I used to love everything mentioned in the list.

  • 5. cath  |  January 10, 2007 at 12:18 am

    yup!! this was so kindergarten and elementary! haha. but the bad thing about these
    “accessible” lunch boxes were the students who’d eye your food with greed. there were
    people in my class who’d steal other people’s baons. hahaha.

  • 6. odarbozoz  |  January 11, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    Speaking of treats of the 90s do you remember Pritos Rings? I used to use my allowance (20 bucks back then) to buy the big pack of Pritos Rings! Plus Whatever happened to the Sweet Corn Flavored Chippy? That was really good too!

  • 7. curiositykilledthecat  |  January 11, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    wow naman, the snacks are so sossy..what about cheeze it, richie, peewee, and squid rings!..hahahaha aren’t they part of the 90’s? ey don’t forget jack n’ jill pretzels and rebisco! wahahahaha zesto kaya!

  • 8. kidswereus  |  January 12, 2007 at 12:50 am

    oo nga noh, at squid rings, cheese rings!

  • 9. Jolo  |  January 12, 2007 at 2:42 am

    di ako dumaan sa lunch box..tupperware lang ok na…and coleman na buong classroom yung makikiinom lalo na pag PE!

  • 10. Miko  |  January 12, 2007 at 11:06 am

    And rainbow bread sandwiches! HAHAHA!

  • 11. Stevie  |  January 17, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    MY LIST.

    soup no. 5

    licking off the chocolate thingee of your fingers was my fav thing about yan yan. =)

  • 12. Caruray  |  January 25, 2007 at 11:29 am

    You forgot to add Crackettes! That’s the rice crackers before One One arrived into the market.

  • 13. kidswereus  |  January 26, 2007 at 3:12 am

    I had a bunch of bus mates who would always ransack the younger ones’ baons. I was upset because they were SNACKNAPPERS! they snacknapped the Tortillos & Chocolait of my crush. Na-hurt ako nun ha. HAHAHA.


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